United Way auction website now online
Students, faculty and staff now have a new and easy way to support Mississippi State’s campaign for the United Way. Building on the success of last year’s silent auction, bidding for this year’s special event has moved online to https://ssl.msstate.edu/web/unitedway/auction 
You might be looking for that perfect Christmas gift. Or a tasty homemade treat. Or lunch or dinner with a Bulldog or Lady Bulldog coach. Whatever it is, this year’s United Way auction has something for everyone, and all you have to do is visit the site, login with your MSU NetID and let the bidding begin.
And remember: bid early, bid often and check back frequently to see if your bid is still the best. At the end of the day, you’ll be a winner and your bid will support a worthy cause.
Bidding remains open until Oct. 8 at 5 p.m.
Flu Clinic schedule announced
The Student Health Center is encouraging everyone to get a flu shot this year. The cost for the flu shot is $20.00 cash or check. Students also have the option to charge the shot to their student account. The following clinics are currently set up:
• Today — McCool Hall Atrium 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Today — Health Fair, Dawg House in the Union
• Oct. 13 — Herbert Hall, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Oct. 20 — MSU Library, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Oct. 27 — Cooley Building, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Additional clinics may be added at a later date. Please check the schedule at http://www.health.msstate.ed/healthecenter  for updates.
Roussin-Landry art exhibition now open
An exhibition of photographs by Wendy Roussin and silkscreen posters by Jude Landry is now open at the Visual Art Center Gallery at 808 University Drive.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit continues through Sept. 23.
For more information, contact Robert Ring at 325-2075.
‘Global Reflections’ exhibition open
The Colvard Student Union Art Gallery has opened a new exhibition, “Global Reflections” by artist Soon Ee Ngoh, daily through Oct. 31.
Soon Ee Ngoh is an associate professor of foundations and the drawing emphasis coordinator in the Mississippi State Art Department.
She received her bachelor of arts degree from Smith College and her master of fine arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Working predominantly in the still life genre, Ngoh’s work has been included in numerous juried exhibitions such as shows as Long Beach Arts Callery, Calif.; Irving Arts Center, Texas; Northwest Art Center, Maryland; Maryland Federation of Art Gallery; and the Bowery Gallery, New York.
The opening reception for “Global Reflections” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Colvard Union Gallery. Light refreshments will be served.Located on the second floor of the Colvard Union, the Art Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Gallery presents museum shows, traveling exhibits, student shows, group and solo exhibitions by professional artists and special events. For more information about this event, visit the website at http://www.union.msstate.edu  or 325-2930.
Spiral notebook drive being held
The Maroon Edition Service Committee is hosting a campus-wide drive to provide educational supplies to women and children in Afghanistan from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Welcome Center at the Cullis Wade Depot through Oct. 15. For more information, contact Meredith Pittman at 325-3320.
A school supply drive is also being sponsored by the Department Plant and Soil Sciences for the Maroon Edition. A dropoff bin is located in the foyer area next to Room 128. For information, call Sandra Woolfolk at (662) 648-9913.
Used book drive for South Africa
The College of Business and College of Education are sponsoring a used book drive for South Africa. Donors are asked to bring used to children’s books (infant to teenage readers) to McCool or Allen halls.
The books will be sent to rural schools in South Africa. For more information, contact Meghan Millea at 325-7476.
Julia and Varina Take Tea exhibition
The Mississippi State Department of Art is sponsoring an exhibition by interior design professor Annie Coggan-Crawford of drawings, objects and an installation based upon Ulysses S. Grant’s wife, Julia.
The exhibition is located at the Visual Art Center Gallery at 808 University Drive and will be on display through 4 p.m. Oct. 28. For more information, contact Robert Ring at 325-2075.
‘Understanding Depression’ program offered
Student Counseling Services will sponsor an “Understanding Depression” workshop from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday in Room 227 of the Colvard Student Union.
The workshop is designed to help MSU students recognize signs of depression, explore healthy ways to cope with sadness and increase self-confidence.
For more information, contact Dr. Janae Taylor at 325-2091.
Sherod Santos poetry reading scheduled
The Institute for the Humanities will sponsor a poetry reading by Sherod Santos at 4 p.m. Thursday in Swalm Suite on the fourth floor of the Swalm Chemical Engineering Building.
Santos is the author of “The Intricate Soul: New and Selected Poems” (W.W. Norton and Co., 2010) and many other award-winning works.
For more information, call Catherine Pierce at 325-3644.
First Hispanic seminar planned
The Hispanic Student Assocation will host the first Hispanic seminar from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Room 116 in McCool Hall.
The event is designed to show each member in the MSU community the high performance Hispanic and Latin-Americans do in research, academic and administrative instances inside and outside our campus.
For more information, contact John J. Ramirez-Avila, Katherine Saleme-Ruiz or Maurin Lopez-Varilla at 325-1654.
MSU soccer team games scheduled
The Mississippi State soccer team plays its first SEC weekend game at home against the University of Tennessee Volunteers at 7 p.m. Friday at the soccer field.
The Bulldog soccer team will take on the University of Georgia at 1 p.m. Sunday at the soccer field. The team will then play the University of Arkansas at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the soccer field.
MSU volleyball match scheduled
The Mississippi State volleyball team will play the University of South Carolina at 7 p.m. Friday in the Newell-Grissom Building on campus. Admission is free.
The volleyball team takes on the University of Florida at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Newell-Grissom Building.
‘InDesign: Creating Newsletters’ workshop offered
The Instructional Media Center at Mitchell Memorial Library will sponsor a workshop on “InDesign: Creating Newsletters” from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 in the Giles Classroom in Mitchell Memorial Library.
Quickly becoming the new industry standard, Adobe InDesign is a powerful copy and layout tool that makes designing newsletters a breeze. Learn the dos and don’ts of creating a professional newsletter and how to get the most out of your workspace.
For more information, contact Stephanie Agnew at 325-8867.
‘Microsoft Excel: Creating a Budget’ workshop set
The Instructional Media Center at Mitchell Memorial Library will sponsor a workshop on “Microsoft Excel: Creating a Budget” from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Giles Classroom in Mitchell Memorial Library.
Keeping your finances in order can be a breeze once you set up Excel to handle your budget. Learn how to create a register to keep track of spending and ways to analyze your budget. Charts can also provide helpful visuals to promote better spending habits.
For more information, contact Stephanie Agnew at 325-8867.